The Wrong Adam Eaton Received Checks From Major League Baseball


The Adam Eaton experiment didn't work out in Philly. Ask fans what some of the worst signings in Philadelphia sports history are, and Eaton's name will come up quite often.

Eaton is still getting paid… a lot. There was a big problem though. His checks were being sent to the wrong Adam Eaton. Impostor?!

The Arizona Diamondbacks have an Adam Eaton of their own. A 19th round pick who has not played above the Double-A level, he was treated to a big surprise earlier this spring. He was just sitting in the clubhouse and was handed six checks from the union's licensing program. Each check was worth at least $20,000.

[Arizona Republic]

Eaton couldn't believe his eyes. The checks were from MLB's licensing department, but what had he done, he wondered, to deserve this kind of cash? A 19th-round pick in the 2010 draft, Eaton hasn't played above Double-A. And as a minor leaguer, he isn't even a part of the players' association.

Teammate Cody Ransom happened to see Eaton flipping through the checks and realized what had happened. We'll let Eaton tell the story:

"Cody's like, 'Those aren't yours,'" Eaton recalled. "I'm like, 'What do you mean they aren't mine? They're in my name.' He goes, 'That's the other Adam Eaton. Do you live there?' It had the address on the front. 'No.' I go, 'Do I have to give them back?' He's like, 'Yeah. You have to give them back.' I thought it over and I'm like, 'Yeah, I've got to give them back.'"


The coolest part of the story in my opinion is the fact that Arizona Eaton collects the other Adam's baseball cards and fan mail.

“I get a lot of fan mail for him,” Eaton said. “I’ve started collecting the cards. I think whenever I meet him I’m going to give all his cards back to him. I’ve thrown some away but I’ve got a stack of 10 or so right now that I’m holding ransom.

“I always get, ‘Hey, are you Adam Eaton the pitcher? Or any relation if you’re not?’ People say, ‘Hey, I remember you when you played with the Phillies.’ I just play along half the time because I don’t want to explain it to them because I hear it so much.”


Facts: Adam Eaton still gets fan mail… and someone is collecting it.

H/T Big League Stew

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  • Mark March 22, 2012 at 11:59 am

    We fixed…the glitch.

  • OCP22 March 22, 2012 at 11:59 am

    100% certain this kid deserves the money more than the real Adam Eaton.

  • Todd Pratt March 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    2 losers

  • LOL March 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I second what OCP22 said. This guy definitely deserves the money more than the former Phillie Adam Eaton.

  • Michael Jack March 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I’m guessing the fan mail came from Mets and Braves fans?

  • port richmond March 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    There is absolutely NO chance anyone sends Adam Eaton fan mail

  • flygirl4 March 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    The big question is why didn’t the “real” Adam Eaton realize he wasn’t getting paid :/

  • MacArthur March 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm


  • tom March 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Fake Adam Eaton probably deserves it more.

  • Adam Eaton's Ex-Wife March 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Life must be good for Phillie Adam Eaton… not having to worry about $20K checks.

  • Lindsay March 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Bring back Cody Ransom!

  • Angelo Cataldi March 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm


  • 3 Finger Lenny March 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    The Real Adam Eaton loveed his burgers

  • adam eaton's dad March 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    God took the wrong son from me!

  • Mr. Fitz March 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Adam Eaton is a p*ssy

  • Kate March 22, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    *deep breath*
    Come on! If this isn’t the most laughable thing since the post-2007 Mets, what is?

  • Ron Wilson March 23, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    muredhawkfan… Adam is a great young man and spends the off season teaching young ball players the skills to help their game. The greatest thing he instills is that to achieve you have to work hard and have integrity. Some make large amounts of money… Adam Eaton… makes a difference.

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